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Two routes considered for Gateway Corridor East Metro bus/rail

Officials will discuss the two options, from Woodbury and Lake Elmo to downtown St. Paul, at a Feb. 6 open house.

As planning continues for the Gateway Corridor transit line between Woodbury/Lake Elmo and downtown St. Paul — with options for light rail or rapid bus transit — officials are considering two alternate routes as the line nears St. Paul.

They’ll discuss those routes and seek public input at a Feb. 6 meeting in Woodbury.

The meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. at Globe University, 8147 Globe Drive, will include brief presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The plan is for the transit route to run between the Union Depot in St. Paul and Woodbury, along I-94. The goal is to have 11 stations, with implementation by 2022 for light rail or bus rapid transit.

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The two alignments in Woodbury and Oakdale are now being considered by the Gateway Corridor Commission; one goes north into Oakdale near Inwood Avenue and the other drops into Woodbury at Radio Drive. They’d like to narrow it to one for further evaluation.